Weegee (Usher Fellig)
[Photographer, b. 1899, Zlothew near Lemberg, Austrian Galicia (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), d. 1968, New York.]
Every time I heard a sigh or a groan in the dark, I pushed the button.
W. Eugene Smith
[Photographer, b. 1918, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1978, Tucson, Arizona.]
What use is having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?
[Photographer, b. 1894, Courbevoie, France, d. 1986, Nice, France.]
The golden rule is “work fast.” As for framing, composition, focus—this is no time to start asking yourself questions: you just have to trust your intuition and the sharpness of your reflexes.
[Photographer, b. 1936, Stepney, England, d. 1996, London.]
A seven-bath developer is no substitute for thought.
[Photographer, b. 1906, Paris, France, d. 1999, New York.]
Photographers — idiots, of which there are so many — say, “Oh, if only I had a Nikon or a Leica, I could make great photographs.” That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard in my life. It’s nothing but a matter of seeing, and thinking, and interest.
[Photographer, b. 1899, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 1986, Hanover, New Hampshire.]
There are only two hard things in photography; which way to point the camera and when to release the shutter.
[Artist, b. 1925, Port Arthur, Texas, d. 2008, Captiva Island, Florida.]
I’m quite taken aback when I get something that appears to be technically a good photograph, because it’s not necessarily my intention.
[Artist, b. 1978, Birmingham, England, lives in London.]
I try and grasp the essence of a particular work, fuck about with it on the computer, and then display all the essence of a complete work on the wall.